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Sci-tech Now, Arctic's oldest and strongest ice starts to melt
Author: 0 Now, Arctic's oldest and strongest ice starts to melt

The changes could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand global warming the longest. The breakup of old ice reveals that man-made warming could reinforce climate feedbacks that could render the earth into a " hothouse " state.

Sci-tech Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds nearing Hawaii
Author: 0 Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds nearing Hawaii

So rare are big storms in Hawaii's vast oceanic neighborhood that the Democrat governor had to admit the state's shelters are only hardened for much less powerful tropical storms (up to 73 mph). A handout image made available by NASA on August 22, 2018 and taken by a crew member from the International Space Station shows Hurricane Lane in the Central Pacific Ocean, near Hawaii.

Author: 0 Meet the mysterious light in the sky called STEVE

For the moment, scientists have dubbed STEVE a " skyglow " that is distinct from an aurora. To photographers and star-gazers in northern climes, Steve has been a familiar night phenomenon for decades. NOAA's POES-17 is an instrument that measures charged particles entering the Earth's atmosphere. What they found was that the POES-17 satellite detected no charged particles raining down on the ionosphere during the event.

Sci-tech States greet Trump's new coal rules with lawsuit threats
Author: 0 States greet Trump's new coal rules with lawsuit threats

Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire 630 coal-fired facilities in 43 states - almost 40 per cent of the USA coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group representing utilities such as Southern Co.

Sci-tech Never wash contact lenses down the drain!
Author: 0 Never wash contact lenses down the drain!

The quantities are significant: for every two pounds of sludge, a pair of contact lenses can typically be found. The paper's abstract, which is all that's publicly available until the study is accepted into an academic journal, estimates that more than 24,000 pounds of the polymers found in contact lenses end up on United States land a year as " biosolids ", or processed sludge, through some form of application like farm fertiliser .

Sci-tech Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens
Author: 0 Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Hurricane Lane was maintaining its intensity as a ferocious Category 5 storm , packing maximum sustained winds near 160 miles per hour with higher gusts. The weather service says that in a Category 5 hurricane, a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed. Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on Wednesday in the Big Island, and in the smaller islands by Thursday or Friday.

Sci-tech Parts of Hawaii under hurricane watch as Lane approaches
Author: 0 Parts of Hawaii under hurricane watch as Lane approaches

The now Category 3 storm's westward motion is expected to continue through early Tuesday, however, a turn toward the west-northwest is expected to start late Tuesday. A High Surf Advisory for E facing shores of Maui and the Big Island is now in effect. "For today's forecast, about 10 feet, but as it gets closer, it's going to get a little bit bigger".

Sci-tech Governor issues emergency proclamation as Lane churns toward Hawaii
Author: 0 Governor issues emergency proclamation as Lane churns toward Hawaii

The service has warned that power outages will last for weeks to possibly months and most of an area hit by the hurricane will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. According to the latest forecast track, Lane is slated to remain a risky hurricane when its center moves very close or over parts of the state Thursday through Saturday.

Sci-tech Trump campaign chief Manafort found guilty
Author: 0 Trump campaign chief Manafort found guilty

The government has until August 29 to decide whether they will move to retry the 10 counts deadlocked on by the jury. Manafort was found guilty on five charges of tax fraud, two charges of bank fraud, and one charge of hiding a foreign bank account.

Sci-tech Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts
Author: 0 Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts

A hurricane watch has been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties. Islanders are being warned the unsafe Category 4 storm could bring winds with a maximum sustained speed of 150mph and flash flooding as early as Thursday. This NASA file image obtained August 20, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane when NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead in mid-August 2018. Unfortunately NOAA's "hurricane hunter" aircraft that flies through the center of the storm had to be grounded Tuesday morning, as it needed ...

Sci-tech EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule
Author: 0 EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule

It will recommend a set of technologies to increase power plant efficiency, which individual states will then use to come up with plans of their own choosing. Although it is unlikely to dramatically alter the USA power mix - or give a big boost to domestic coal demand, which has flagged amid competition from cheap natural gas and renewables - industry advocates hailed the effort as curbing federal government overreach and leveling the playing field.

Sci-tech Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves
Author: 0 Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Treasurer Scott Morrison would act as interim home affairs minister, Turnbull said. If just seven more Liberal MPs switched their support to Mr Dutton, he would have the numbers to seize the leadership. "We know that disunity undermines the ability of any government to get its job done and unity is absolutely critical", Turnbull added. But he must return to the polls by May next year and could break the impasse by calling an early election.

Sci-tech Beetle preserved in amber reveals first insect-pollinated plant
Author: 0 Beetle preserved in amber reveals first insect-pollinated plant

Indeed, the beetle had clumps of pollen grains with it. The beetle, named Cretoparacucujus cycadophilus , is distinct in its form, compared to today's beetles. Cai first encountered the amber fossil while conducting research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

Sci-tech Met Éireann warns Storm Ernesto will bring 'high intensity' rainfall to Limerick
Author: 0 Met Éireann warns Storm Ernesto will bring 'high intensity' rainfall to Limerick

According to Met Eireann, there will be widespread heavy rain across the country this weekend as the remnants of Storm Ernesto track across the country. Rather cloudy and misty with patchy drizzle and fog and more persistent rain in northwestern and northern coastal fringes. It will turn dry in most areas, with some warm brighter spells in the east, and a maximum temperature of 20 °C.

Sci-tech 'Storm Ernesto' looks set to hit Ireland this weekend
Author: 0 'Storm Ernesto' looks set to hit Ireland this weekend

According to the Met Office, Storm Ernesto will no longer be classified as a storm when it arrives in the United Kingdom, as it is expected to have lost some of its power by the time it reaches the country, but it will still bring with it heavy rain and strong winds.

Sci-tech Indian human space mission to create 15,000 jobs
Author: 0 Indian human space mission to create 15,000 jobs

We will have our own spacecraft to send people to the orbit and back. A capsule that will carry astronauts has already been tested. The space agency has periodically updated the government on its progress towards these technologies. "We've debated for long on the tangible and intangible benefits of manned space missions", said B.N. Suresh, former director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Sci-tech Florida Declares Emergency As Red Tide Blooms
Author: 0 Florida Declares Emergency As Red Tide Blooms

Scientists statewide and with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration are trying to understand the lengthy lifespan of this year's bloom , which began in October 2017. "I am also directing a further $900,000 in grants for Lee County to clean up impacts related to red tide -- bringing total red tide grant funding for Lee County to more than $1.3 million", Scott said.

Sci-tech New storm forms over Atlantic; no threat to Jamaica
Author: 0 New storm forms over Atlantic; no threat to Jamaica

It's centred about 650 miles (1,045 kilometres) southeast of Canada's Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is moving north near 9 mph (15 kph). SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm.

Sci-tech NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launches to
Author: 0 NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launches to "Touch the Sun"

The 49-year-old is now based at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, where she has been leading the Parker Solar Probe project for eight years. "Wow, here we go". This is the first time that a NASA mission has been named in honor of a living person. The Parker Solar Probe will soon be speeding toward the Sun at 430,000 miles per hour (192 km/s) - breaking the previous record held by the Helios-B spacecraft and making it the fastest spacecraft to date.

Sci-tech Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun'
Author: 0 Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun'

Nothing from Planet Earth has ever hit that kind of speed. The mission, over five decades in the making, will last 6 years and 11 months, and in this time, the Parker probe will orbit the sun 24 times. In particular, it is hoped to give scientists a greater understanding of solar wind storms that have the potential to knock out the power on Earth.

Sci-tech Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe
Author: 0 Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

Astronomers said hundreds of shooting stars will streak across the sky between August 12 and 13 in a display that may be visible around the world. If you're lucky enough to reside in a hilly or mountainous region, you're all set for the best views - so find yourself a nice spot and enjoy the show.

Sci-tech Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth
Author: 0 Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth

The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, nearly twice the length of today's great white shark. The citizen scientist ended up pulling a 2.7-inch-long (7 centimeters) out of the boulder and took it to Museums Victoria for authentication. After prying the almost 3-inch tooth loose from a boulder, he came back and found more teeth.

Sci-tech Nasa spacecraft heads to sun for closest look yet
Author: 0 Nasa spacecraft heads to sun for closest look yet

Passing within 3.8 million miles of the sun's visible surface - well within the shimmering halo of the outer atmosphere, or corona - the spacecraft's heat shield will endure 2,500-degree heating while whipping past the star at a record 430,000 mph, fast enough to fly from NY to Tokyo in less than a minute.

Sci-tech NASA reschedules flight to sun at 3:31 a.m
Author: 0 NASA reschedules flight to sun at 3:31 a.m

NASA initially aimed to launch the Parker Solar Probe on July 31, but the agency and ULA repeatedly pushed the liftoff back to allow time to resolve issues with the mission's Delta IV Heavy booster. The probe will be controlled from the Mission Operations Centre based at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL), which is where NASA handles its unmanned missions.